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Tips to Stay Safe in Dangerous MI Heat

Finding ways to stay cool will be critical with dangerous heat in Michigan this weekend. (kakisy/Morguefile)
Finding ways to stay cool will be critical with dangerous heat in Michigan this weekend. (kakisy/Morguefile)
July 22, 2016

LANSING, Mich. - Heat is one of the top weather-related killers in the nation, and the middle part of the country, including Michigan, will be part of a heat dome over the next few days that can include heat indexes well above 100 degrees.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Affairs Director Rafael Lemaitre said heat is one of the top weather-related killers in the nation, killing more people than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods.

"The number of fatalities we see due to heat actually exceeds other types of natural disasters in most cases, so it's important that people be careful and check on their friends and neighbors and those that are particularly susceptible to extreme heat," he said.

Temperatures range from the low to mid 90s through most of the weekend in Michigan. Humidity will make it feel above 100.

Dr. Brad Uren, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan explained that children under two and elderly adults cannot regulate their temperatures as well as others and are particularly vulnerable to extreme heat. And he notes signs to look for that may indicate emergency help is needed.

"If you see a change in mental status, if they appear to be confused that can be a sign of heat stroke which is a medical emergency," he said. "If you someone that you believe is overheated and confused that is a medical emergency and you should have that person brought to an emergency department right away."

Uren said it's a good idea to postpone outdoor games and activities and limit exposure to the sun. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine; limit alcoholic beverages, and dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing. It's also a good idea to spend the warmest part of the day in temperature-controlled buildings.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - MI